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  • SJC Increases Procedural Amount for Civil Actions in District Court and Boston Municipal Court

    The Supreme Judicial Court today announced that it will increase the procedural amount for civil actions in Boston Municipal and District Courts from $25,000 to $50,000, effective on January 1, 2020, and increase the minimum procedural amount required for cases filed in the Superior Court to $50,000. The procedural amount, last set in 1986, refers to the amount of damages sought by a plaintiff in a civil money damage action which, if exceeded in the District and Boston Municipal Courts or is not met in the Superior Court, may be the basis for dismissal. Read Full Article
  • Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being Releases Report

    The Supreme Judicial Court today announced that the Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being has submitted its final report to the Justices. The Court established the Steering Committee in September 2018 to explore and make recommendations regarding the state of lawyer well-being in the Commonwealth, following the publication in August 2017 of the Report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which found, based on nationwide surveys of practicing lawyers, judges, and law students, that many “are struggling with serious physical and mental health issues that are exacerbated, if not caused, by the way that law is practiced today.” Read Full Article
  • JOB OPENING: Massachusetts Superior Court seeks to fill a Research Attorney position in Barnstable

    ​The Massachusetts Superior Court seeks to fill a Research Attorney position, serving all the Justices of the Superior Court. This is a professional, permanent position within the Administrative Office of the Superior Court. Research Attorneys assist the Justices with legal research, writing, and analysis. Research Attorneys prepare draft decisions, research memoranda, and other documents; analyze and research specific legal issues and questions for the judges; and may assist in training and oversight of other legal research staff and interns. Read Full Article

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